AIARE Avalanche Course Level 2 - Snoqualmie Pass

The AIARE 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

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$420.00
Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate

Skills Required: Solid intermediate skiing skills or snowshoeing skills. AIARE Level 1 or equivalent highly recommended

Fitness Level: Moderately Strenuous

  • Category: Ski
  • Type: Instructional
  • Ratio: 5:1,10:2

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Course Description


The AIARE 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce.


The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.


Student learning outcomes



  • Differentiate where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape and identify avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe.

  • Use and interpret weather, snow, and avalanche observations to locate appropriate terrain prior to entering and while in the field.

  • Demonstrate leadership skills within a small team that include facilitating small group discussion, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and utilizing simple risk management strategies.

  • Implement a basic forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absences of local supporting avalanche information.


Who Should Take this Course


The AIARE 2 is a three-day course for those who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.


Prerequisites


Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain. An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training is required. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is required before taking the AIARE 2 course. You must have also completed the AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course.

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EQUIPMENT LIST AND FAQ’s
 
WHAT PRIOR QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED TO FOR THE LEVEL 2 COURSE?
YOU SHOULD AT LEAST HAVE TAKEN THE AIARE LEVEL 1 COURSE OR AN EQUIVALENT COURSE.
DOES THIS COURSE HELP ME IN MY DECISION MAKING PROCESS AS A RECREATIONAL BC SKIER?
ULTIMATELY IT ALL ADDS UP TO BETTER DECISION MAKING, BU THE COURSE IS DESIGNED TO GO INTO MORE DETAIL ON A RECORDING AND SCIENCE LEVEL.  IT WILL CERTAINLY INCREASE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE WINTER SNOWPACK, BUT THE OVERARCHING THEME OF THE COURSE IS GEARED TOWARDS SKI AND MOUNTAIN PROFESSIONALS.
 
CLOTHING
•            BASE  LAYER
o            1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
o            1 Top - midweight or lightweight
o            Sock Liners
o            Ski Socks
•            MID LAYER
o            Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary
•            OUTERWEAR
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
o            Schoeller™  Type Pants
o            Warm Hat - should cover ears
o            Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
o            Lightweight Gloves
o            Ski Gloves
PERSONAL GEAR
o            Day Pack – 25 to 40 Liters
o            Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth, hydration system
o            Lunch and Snacks - appropriate for a full day
o            Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
o            Goggles
o            Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof
o            Lip Balm - SPF 15+
SKI GEAR
o            Skis
o            Ski Boots
o            Ski Poles
o            Climbing Skins
o            Ski Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED!
o            Ski Brakes
SAFETY GEAR
o            Transceiver - single frequency,  457 kHz only
o            Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred
o            Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice
SNOW STUDY ITEMS
o            Snow Saw - longer saws are better for stability tests
o            Basic Snow Study Kit - dial stem thermometer(s), crystal card, loupe, ruler
o            Notebook and Writing Utensil
OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.
o            Down or Synthetic Jacket
o            Winter Snow Boots - Sorel type
o            Thermos - vacuum type
o            Compass - adjustable declination a must
o            Altimeter - Suunto watch works well
o            Map Case - large zip-loc will suffice
o            Maps - contact guiding office for appropriate quadrangles
GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS  
o            Technical Group Gear, VHF radio
o            Group 1st Aid Kit